(Ohio) – The Ohio Department of Health and Governor Mike DeWine issued changes this week.
Officials indicated the changes are the result of an evaluation of K-12 students and schools, which was conducted by the Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation Team. DeWine has noted a goal for all schools to be back to in-person learning by March 1st, 2021. Officials are encouraging families to review the changes and to remember that there are still situations where students and teachers may still need to quarantine.
* If a student or teacher is exposed in the classroom setting to someone with COVID-19 quarantine is not recommended for the exposed individual as long as masking and other appropriate protocols were followed.
* Quarantine continues to be advised for anyone who is exposed in the classroom of protocols have not been followed (eg. students or adults in the classroom did not properly wear masks).
* Quarantine continues to be advised fir anyone exposed during extracurricular activities, including sports, regardless of masking or other protocols. Revised guidelines only apply to classroom settings.
The Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation Team reportedly conducted an evaluation of K-12 students which showed that, there was no discernible difference in rates of COVID-19 among students who were close contacts with someone with the disease and students in the same grade who were not close contact.